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Five Former Colonials Elected To GW Athletic Hall Of Fame

Sheila Hoben and four others will be inducted into GW's Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 24.
Sheila Hoben and four others will be inducted into GW's Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 24.

Jan. 5, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - Membership in the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame will expand from 111 to 116 on Saturday, Jan. 24, when five newly-elected members are inducted in ceremonies at the Marvin Center's Grand Ballroom. A dinner followed by induction ceremonies will be begin at 7:30 p.m.

The five--representing four sports and athletic academic administration--are Tajama Abraham Ngongba '97, women's basketball; Bambi (Bowman) Burgess '96, women's swimming; Sheila Hoben MA '81, athletic academic administrator, '82-2000; Scott R. Lutz '96, golf, and Glauco R. Souza '94, men's water polo.

Reservations for the dinner and induction ceremonies are being accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 21, by Ed McKee of the University's Department of Athletics at 202/994-5778 (or via email at edmckee@gwu.edu). Cost of the affair is $55 per person. Checks or money orders (made out to: George Washington University) may be mailed to GW Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, George Washington University, 600 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. In addition, credit card payment on VISA, MasterCard or American Express is acceptable by mail, telephone or fax (202/994-2713).

It should be noted that this year's induction dinner will be held on a Saturday evening following a men's basketball game between GW and Duquesne, which will be played at 4 p.m. This year's Athletic Hall of Fame "Class of 2004" is the 45th elected since the University's Hall was founded in 1959 and seven inaugural members were inducted.

Tajama Abraham Ngongba won four letters at GW between 1993-97 and graduated as the University's all-time leading scorer (2,134 points) and second all-time leading rebounder (970). A 6-foot-3 center, she also leads in career blocked shots (326) as well as games played (130).

Abraham Ngongba managed to appear in 130 games because she and her teammates made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament ('94-97) and had a marvelous overall mark of 103-27 in those years, including 57-7 in Atlantic 10 action. The final season, coach Joe McKeown's club reached the NCAA "Elite Eight" and finished the campaign with a 28-6 record. That year ('97), Abraham Ngongba earned first team Kodak All-America honors as well as Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and first team All-Atlantic 10 for the second straight year.

In four seasons at GW, Abraham Ngongba and her fellow classmates won seven of 11 NCAA Tournament games. Colonials' tourney foes those years included such schools as North Carolina, DePaul, Notre Dame, Virginia, Southern Cal and Colorado. Following her collegiate career, she was drafted in the 1997 WNBA's fourth round by the Sacramento Monarchs. In 1998, she played for the Detroit Shock after playing a professional season in Italy.

A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Abraham Ngongba and her family moved to Hampton, Va., where she starred for three varsity seasons at Kecoughtan High School. As a senior in 1993, she averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds, earning All-America prep honors from Parade Magazine.

Abraham Ngongba, 28, who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1997, now lives in Richmond, Va. She is married to former Colonials men's basketball player Patrick Ngongba ('01) and the couple has an infant daughter, Naja. Tamaja is in her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth. Previously, she served an assistant at Richmond ('02) as well as an administrative assistant on the George Washington staff ('99-01).

Bambi (Bowman) Burgess is the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the George Washington University program! She was the conference's Most Outstanding Women's Swimmer of the Year in both 1994 and 1995. She still owns Atlantic 10 Conference championship record times in three events: 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Burgess was the first Colonials women's swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships (in 1994) and earn NCAA Division I All-America status after finishing 15th in the 500-yard freestyle (in '95). In her freshman season, she was undefeated in 13 dual meets and earned the dual titles of Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year and A-10 Swimmer of the Year.

In 2001, she was one of only 17 former GW student-athletes and the only GW women's swimmer to be recognized by the Atlantic 10 Conference during the league's 25th Anniversary celebration.

A two-time swimming MVP, Burgess holds five individual school records (100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle) and two more records as part of relay teams (400 and 800 freestyle). As a sophomore, she won the women's U.S. 25K Open Water Swimming Championships and finished fifth in the World Swimming Championships at Rome, Italy. As a junior in 1996, she won the Pan Pacific Championships and was named Swimming World magazine's Long Distance Swimmer of the Year.

The 29-year-old Burgess gained her bachelor's degree in Visual Communications in 1996. She is a customer service trainer at Comcast Cable in south Florida. A 1992 graduate of Sarasota (Fla.) High School, she resides in Sarasota with her husband, Ric Burgess, and two children, Ashley (9) and Eric (3).

Sheila S. Hoben was a prime contributor to the George Washington University Department of Athletics staff for more than 20 years. Joining the coaching staff in 1977 as head women's tennis coach, her teams amassed an impressive mark of 74-29 in seven seasons. And the year after turning the coaching reigns over to Sally Bolger (1984), the Colonials women's team won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship.

Even more significant than her coaching accomplishments in one sport were her achievements and vital contributions in the area of academics. During her career as Academic Coordinator for the GW Athletic Department, Hoben created and implemented programs to assist student-athletes in successfully balancing their obligations to their sport and in the classroom.

Programs such as orientation for freshmen student-athletes, career development workshops, tutoring assistance, academic counseling, plus an innovative academic recovery program for students in academic difficulty are testimony to her creative energy and dedication to helping all students in the athletic program fulfill their academic potential while also meeting the demands of Division I athletic obligations.

Since its inception in 1982, GW's Academic Support Program for athletes has maintained a graduation rate of better than 90 percent of its student-athletes, thanks to the support of the University and to the outstanding job that Sheila and her colleagues did during her tenure.

Before retiring in 2000, she impacted literally thousands of lives of young men and women in 20 intercollegiate sports with her unending and selfless devotion to the human development side of the University's student-athlete population.

A native of Winnetka, Ill., Hoben gained a bachelor's degree in English at Wisconsin-Madison in 1963. She also earned a master's degree in Education and Human Development at GW in 1981. Though retired from GW, Sheila is hardly retired. She is an active volunteer for the Alexandria-Arlington Coalition for the Homeless as well as a mentor for recovering homeless families in Alexandria. She and her husband, James, have two children, Kimberly and Merrick, and two grandchildren.

Scott R. Lutz was a four-time letterwinner in golf for the Colonials between 1993 and '96. He made an immediate impact on the Colonials golf program as a freshman, so much so that he earned team MVP honors in 1993. (He finished in the top five in three of his first four tournaments and became the first Colonials golfer to qualify for the ECAC Championship.)

In addition to also winning MVP again as a junior (in '95), he provided exceptional team leadership as captain of the squad in both his junior and senior years. His leadership also was reflected in activities off the golf course. He served as president of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, in 1995-96 as was a team representative on GW Athletics' Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Lutz was solid both on the golf links and in the classroom. In addition to his golf prowess, he earned Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference honors as a senior and later that spring received the Dept. of Athletics' most prestigious individual accolade for a men's athlete, the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award, which is reflective of athletic, academic and community service achievements.

A native of Malvern, Pa., Lutz is just the third GW golfer to be elected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame and the first since 1978. The other two are Jay Randolph '56, inducted in 1978, and Tad Lindner '52, a 1973 inductee.

Following graduation from GW with a bachelor's degree in finance, Lutz enrolled in law school at Widener University from which he graduated in 1999. For the past two years, he has been a senior accountant for the finance and accounting group at CAPREIT, a private real estate company.

Lutz, 30, and his wife, the former Nicole Thomas, live in Alexandria, Va.

Dr. Glauco R. Souza, a four-year letterwinner at GW from 1990 through '93, is the most accomplished men's water polo player in the program's history. A decade after he played his final match for the Colonials, Souza still holds 11 of the team's 15 individual records, including: most goals, game, season and career; most assists, season and career; career steals, and most points, game, season and career, and ejections drawn in a season.

Not surprisingly, in his four seasons, Souza was voted team MVP all four years, the only player in water polo history to do so. He also was selected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Conference first team four straight years, while being voted CWPA's Most Valuable Player twice.

A native of Brasilia, Brazil, Souza was an excellent student as well as athlete. After gaining his bachelor's degree in 1994, he remained at GW and earned both his master's degree in chemistry ('97) and doctorate degree in physical chemistry (2003). For the past five years while working toward his Ph.D., he also was a research scientist at both KPL Laboratories in Gaithersburg, Md., and GW's Department of Chemistry.

Souza, 33, is the third water polo alum to be elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Others are Bob Hogue '81 and Callie Flipse '88, who were inducted in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Married to the former Marcy Lukaszewicz, he currently is a post-doctoral fellow at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston.

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